On Monday morning, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame narrowed the list of Jim Thorpe Award hopefuls down to fifteen semifinalists. With the ACC and SEC leading the charge, a few candidates from other conferences have been sprinkled in including Oklahoma Sooner, Zack Sanchez as one of two representatives from the Big XII.
THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALISTS
Sam Carter, TCU, Sr.
Jeremy Cash, Duke, Jr.
Landon Collins, Alabama, Jr.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, Sr.
Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, So.
Senquez Golson, Ole Miss, Sr.
Josh Hawkins, East Carolina, Jr.
Gerod Holliman, Louisville, Jr.
Ronald Martin, LSU, Sr.
Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss, Sr.
Jordan Richards, Stanford, Sr.
Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, So.
Triston Wade, UTSA, Sr.
Trae Waynes, Michigan State, Jr.
PJ Williams, Florida State, Jr.
Currently, Sanchez lead the conference with five interceptions which places him third on the list nationally. However, the biggest statement may come from the fact that the cornerback is only a sophomore. A quick look at the semifinalist list shows a major of the candidates listed as upperclassmen. Sanchez along with Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller are the lone underclassmen mentioned.
The other Big XII semifinalist hails from TCU, Sam Carter a safety.